Map
Last Visited: 31/05/2009
Length (km): approx. 3 km (according to MapMyHike.com)
Time (hrs/min): 1 hour
Grade: Moderate
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Partial Circuit
Region: Melbourne
Park: Warrandyte State Park
Closest Town: Warrandyte
Further Information: A guide to the points of interest along this trail can be found at the ParkWeb Park Note: Warrandyte State Park – Gold Heritage Walk
Car Access: Access is via Whipstick Gully Road, Warrandyte (Melways Ref: 23 F12). This is off the main street of the Warrandyte township.

 

This walk is great for a taste of local history but it also manages to be quite a good workout for such a short walk. I recommend completing the walk in a figure-eight, starting by ascending Bruce Bence Track (which begins under the poppet-head next to the information shelter).

When you return to Whipstick Gully Track, head south and continue along to Wildcat Gully Track. You will come across Geraghty’s Mine, which was the first large-scale mining operation on Fourth Hill. The tunnel isn’t blocked off in any way but it has been deemed to be no longer safe to enter so I advise just looking from the outside.

Continue along Wildcat Gully Track, looking out for a turn-off to the right (west) on to a short bordwalk and then up a steep hill. This was by far the most interesting part of the walk for me as there were quite a few mine shafts and even a miners hut along the way. When you find yourself at another Management Vehicle Track (Betton Track), you can take a short detour up the hill to the Fourth Hill Summit. The fog was thick when I visited but I’m guessing the views would be good on a clear day.

Head back down the hill on Betton Track and turn left onto Wildcat Gully Track. Rather than turning back onto Bruce Bence Track, continue straight ahead and turn right to check out The Victory Mine and remains of the old stamping battery. Return to the car from here.

 

Erskine Falls - Lorne
Miners hut (probably built in the 1950′s)

 

 

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